Dear Friend,

As 2020 drew to a close, November was an active month for the ICS Community with six webinars and ten publications covering China, Quad, Myanmar and the new Biden Administration’s engagement with China. We also welcomed the Third Batch of virtual interns, invited applications for the Institute of Chinese Studies-Harvard Yenching Institute (ICS-HYI) Fellowship 2021 and commenced preparations for the forthcoming 13th All India Conference on China Studies.


We conducted two workshops and four Wednesday Seminars during the month.

A workshop on the ‘Fifth Plenum of the CPC’s 19th Central Committee’  was conducted on the 21 November. The panelists included Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Associate Professor at Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, JNU; Dr. Ritu Agarwal, Associate Professor at Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU; Dr. Bhim Subba, Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad and Dr. T.G. Suresh, Associate Professor, Centre for Political Studies, JNU. The event was chaired by Professor Manoranjan Mohanty, Professor of Social Development, Council for Social Development, New Delhi and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies. Ambassador Kishan S. Rana, Emeritus Fellow of Institute of Chinese Studies, was Discussant. (YouTube).

ICS organized Wednesday Conversation on ‘China’s Influence in Myanmar and India’s Response.’ The panelists included Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhyay, who was India’s Ambassador to Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar and Dr. Avinash Paliwal, Associate Professor in International Relations, SOAS South Asia Institute on the 11 November. The conversation was chaired by Ambassador Shyam Saran who served as former Foreign Secretary, Government of India. (SoundCloud) (YouTube).

Dr. David Brewster, Senior Research Fellow at National Security College, Australian National University delivered a lecture titled, ‘Where Should the Quad Go Next’ on 18 November. Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, Distinguished Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation chaired the event.(YouTube).

Mr. Angad Singh, Project Coordinator with ORF’s Strategic Studies Program delivered a talk on ‘Air Power: The PLA Air Force and India’s Response’ on 25 November. Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur, Additional Director General at the Centre for Air Power Studies, moderated the session.(YouTube). 

Dr. Huang Yinghong, Associate Professor at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, delivered a lecture titled ‘Beyond Compulsory Land Acquisition: Land Development Approaches in India and China’ on 4 November. The conversation was chaired by Dr. Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Research. (SoundCloud) (YouTube).

ICS, JNU and HYI collaborated with the Central China Normal University, Wuhan for a Workshop on Indigenous Experiences and Transnational Perspectives: Sino-Indian Medical Missionary History on 14 - 15 November 2020. Prof. Rama V. Baru, Honorary Fellow, ICS gave the keynote speech on Women Missionaries in Medical Care and Institution Building in India and Dr. Madhurima Nundy, Fellow, ICS presented her paper on Colonial State, Medical Missionaries and the Elite: Emergence of Medical Institutions in Colonial Delhi, India.

Preparations for the 13th All India Conference of Chinese Studies are in progress. The Conference is being co-hosted virtually with China Studies Centre, IIT Madras from 28 - 30 January 2021. Abstracts were invited from prospective authors and panelists, and 40 abstracts have been approved for selected for submission of papers. Panels for the conference are being finalised.

The Third Virtual Internship programme commenced on 16 November with six Research Interns joining the Institute. Suitable mentors have been identified and are guiding the interns during their internship with the Institute.


In total, we had ten publications –three ICS Occasional Papers, three ICS Analysis, three ICS Translations and an ICS Research Blog (All have been hosted on our website).

The following is the list of ICS Occasional Papers:

  1. Amb. Shivshankar Menon, Chairman, Institute of Chinese Studies on “The Crisis in India-China Relations”.
  2. Mr. Amitava Banik, Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies on “Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Indian Insurance Industries”.
  3. Mr. Akshay Bhambri, Research Intern at Institute of Chinese Studies on “Packaging Knowledge: Tracing the Commoditisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda in Globalised Markets”.

The following is the list of ICS Analysis: 

  1. Dr. Sana Hashmi, Taiwan Fellow, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University on “Time for India To Rethink Its Taiwan Policy”.
  2. Ms. Neha Mishra, Research Intern – ICS on “Abating India – Iran Chabahar Partnership: Prospective Leverage for China”.
  3. Ms. Dolma Tsering, Research Scholar at Centre for Chinese and East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on “Covid-19 and its Impact on the Tourism Industry of the Tibet Autonomous Region”.

The following is the list of ICS Translations: 

  1. Dr. Usha Chandran, Adjunct Fellow – ICS on “Don’t get entangled with women’s independence, it is men who are in dire need to be independent.”
  2. Prof. Hemant Adlakha, Honorary Fellow, ICS and Associate Professor, JNU on “Tian Jiyun: I miss Zhongnanhai Compound of Hu Yaobang – Zhao Ziyang Era”.
  3. Ms. Snighda Konar, PhD Scholar, Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi on “Sheng Keyi: ‘Why I wrote The Womb? I see a great part of me in all these women’.”

ICS Research Blog on “President Biden’s Approach to China: Reading 46’s Tea Leaves”was written by Mr. Yash Johri, Research Assistant at Institute of Chinese Studies.


ICS Webinar titled ‘The Growing Sino-American Military Rivalry’ by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry was covered by Eurasian Review in its article titled, ‘Growing Sino-American Military Rivalry – Interview’ on 9 November.

Dr Alka Acharya, was quoted by Taiwan News in its article titled ‘India-China Himalaya Conflict: Does Beijing have an advantage after talks stall?’’ published on 10 November.

Dr Hemant Adlakha’s interview was carried by Zenger and The Tennessee Tribune in their article titled ‘India-China Cultural Relations Thrive in the Time of Border Conflict’, published on 21 November.

Dr G Venkat Raman wrote an article for the Financial Express titled ‘Will China walk the talk of collaborative multilateralism at the Moscow Summit?’ which was published on 17 November.

Dr Shamshad Ahmed Khan, Visiting Associate Fellow was quoted by Financial Times in its article titled ‘With an eye on China, India gifts submarine to Myanmar’ published on 4 November.


Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti presented a paper titled, ‘Countering ultra-Nationalism in India-China Relations through Cultural and Educational Interactions’ on 6 November at a webinar on "Seventy Years of China-India Relations: Retrospect and Future Scenario" organized by the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University. She was interviewed by BBC (Bengali) on 17 November regarding virtual meeting of BRICS leaders on the possibility of a Modi-Xi interaction.

Amb. Kishan S. Rana’s Policy Paper on ‘Bilateral Diplomacy: A Practitioner Perspective' was published by DiploFoundation.

Dr. Hemant Adlakha’s article titled "US-India 2+2 Dialogue: China, not US, will determine the fate of QUAD 2.0 or 'Asian NATO', say Chinese scholars" was published by Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement (NIICE) on 2 November. He also delivered the Keynote address titled ‘Sinophobia’ on 18 November and presented paper on ‘Metaphorology, Phraseology or Study of Chengyu in understanding Chinese Culture and Politics’ on 19 November at the International Conference on ‘India China Dialogues beyond Borders: Cultural, Social, Political/Diplomatic Perspectives’.

Dr. G. Venkat Raman presented a Webinar on ‘Relevance of China’s Emergence as a Technology Superpower’ hosted by IIM Indore on 4 November. He was Guest at Masterclass titled ‘The World in 2021’ hosted by Founding Fuel on 24 November

Dr. P.K. Anand, Visiting Research Associate published a three-part analyses for China Labour Bulletin on workers' rights and collective action in India during the COVID pandemic titled 'The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers: A Case Study’, 'The All India Gig Workers Union: A Case Study' and 'The Karnataka Garment Workers Union: A Case Study' which were published on 2, 9 and 16 November respectively.

Mr. Shanky Chandra, ICS-HYI Fellow presented his paper titled ‘A Short Introduction to the History of Chinese Science Fiction: from Lu Xun’s translation of Jules Verne's “From the Earth to the Moon” to the Liu Cixin’s “Three-Body Problem’ at a Workshop organised by Harvard-Yenching Institute on 4 November.

I spoke at various webinars organised by the Association of Indian Diplomats, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, National Institute of Advanced Studies and Vivekananda International Foundation.

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